Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fabric Wall Decal

Hi All,

I am very excited to share with you what I did in the baby room.  Well, technically my youngest is a toddler but she's still in a crib and she'll always be my baby.

Before, I used to have a paper version and attached it with sticky tack but what I didn't know was that over time sticky tack causes oil stains that show through paper.  So the paper tree branches had a these oil spots.  It was unsightly and I wanted something different.  While looking through Pinterest, I found a solution.

And here's the best part, it only uses two ingredients and it's very likely you have them in your home: corn starch and water!  It also doesn't ruin your wall.  When you need to take it down you just wet it and peel off.

Fabric Wall Decal Goop

1 TBS Corn Starch
2 TBS Cold Water
1 Cup Boiling Water

1. Add corn starch to the cold water.
2. Add boiling water.
3. Stir, apply.

That's it! Easy peasy.  I actually doubled that recipe for my project but I had way too much.  The above recipe would have been plenty.

First I laid down my branches I cut from some brown broadcloth.  Then I placed the leaves I cut from various fabrics where I wanted them.

 I then applied some of the goop onto the back of the trunk area with a paintbrush and placed that part on the wall.

With the remainder of the branches I painted directly onto the wall where I thought the branch would lay and then painted on top. Then I painted on the back of the leaves and stuck those up.  With a final painting over top of everything and a wipe of the wall from the drips, it was done.

Now that I know this works, it opens up so many possibilities for the rest of our home.  


Make It and Love It

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Little Something

Hi All,

 Nothing motivates me more than a deadline.  Usually for me that means, birthdays and holidays.  So when my daughter was invited to a birthday I immediately went to work on a purse for her friend.  Seven-year-old's need something to hold all their little things right?

It's based on this project from Make-it & Love-it.  The only difference I made was make the ruffles shorter so that you can see more fabric.  The middle pink ruffle is from a jersey shirt.  I like to incorporate clothing into my  projects whenever possible.  It's nice knowing I kept it from the landfill and instead turned it into something beautiful and useful.

I think I need to make some more.  Perhaps one for me?



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